Top Quality French Carp Fishing
NEW Lake Record caught on 26th. April 2017 at 76lb 15oz
and 14 different 60lb plus carp And 2 known 70lb plus carp.
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As you can tell from the title I try to avoid idioms like the plague (lol) but the combination seemed to fit the situation.
Anyway, as I type this, it is now late November 2015 and two years have passed since my last addition to this book. I would like to think, without getting morbid, that, sometime in the future, my children and grandchildren will be able to read this and remember/learn of all the effort that went into creating Moorland Fisheries.
It is also very important to underline that none of this would have been achieved without the equal effort and encouragement from my wonderful wife, Jan. In a similar vein, seeing Sharon develop into a top quality chef while being a single parent to her four kids is amazing and her knowledge of the lake and of the best way to fish it is overlooked.
Right that's the family chest beating done now on with the detail.
The winter of early 2014 was another mild one and I do feel that a short, very hard winter is beneficial to reduce the number of bugs and rodents, but also to reduce some of the sub surface insects which can provide the carp with so much natural food that they can be slow to get on to the boilies.
Just to make the start of the 2014 season even harder, we went from a relatively mild February and then March saw the wind swing round to the north and the temperatures plummet. Luckily the weather settled and by early April we saw the first two sixties banked. They hadn't put on as much weight as I had hoped for but were in superb condition so it still looked promising.
Unfortunately they were spawning before the month was out so any chance of new records seemed to have passed us by. Luckily, out of the blue, Kevin Hague managed to pull a rabbit out of a hat and banked Cut Tail for the second time in two weeks and she had put on 1lb 7oz to set a new lake record of 63lbs 1oz.
Spawning continued on and off for several weeks and the captures proved that not all of the fish are involved in the melee at the same time. It also showed that the extended, and therefore more gentle spawning period seemed to benefit the condition of the carp and we started seeing new forties and new fifties very regularly.
We had kept a quiet week in July to host a 40th birthday party for Sharon. The marquee was erected and an evening of live rock and roll, good food and far too much alcohol took place. The biggest surprise to everyone was when Sharon joined us on stage to sing a couple of Shania Twain songs. It is an understatement when I say that her voice blew everyone away and, as I write this, she is being pestered to sing for a local but well known rock band. Can't wait to see how she gets on.
After our annual holiday in early august, the second part of our season started with some of the fish being almost back up to their "pre spawn" weights already. Cut Tail was back to 62lbs and Half Lin at 62lbs 12oz so the record was already under threat.
During September we started to pump out the stock pond so as to sell on the 800 or so small carp which we had removed from the main lake. We continued with our policy of removing the carp from the 2012 spawning but were seeing fish of 18lb at just two years old. Just to underline the fact that we know they can only be from spring 2012 as we emptied the lake in November 2011 and ALL of the carp below 20lb were removed.
We will continue with this policy plus removing all of the catfish as they are caught so that we control the biomass and allow the big carp to pile on the weight. However, we will also monitor the weights of these small fish because it is possible that some of them have the potential to become very big in the near future.
It is also very possible that the inclusion of a few more twenties could provide feeding competition with the big girls. The theory is that this could encourage them to feed more heavily and thereby get caught more often. Only time will tell.